"African Americans and Africa" by Nemata Blyden

African Americans and Africa A New History Nemata Blyden

Publication date:
09 Jul 2019
Yale University Press
288 pages: 235 x 156mm
24 b-w illus.

An introduction to the long-standing and often ambivalent relationship between African Americans and the African continent

What is an “African American” and how does this identity relate to the African continent? Rising immigration levels, globalization, and the United States’ first African American president have all sparked new dialogue around the question. This work provides an introduction to the relationship between African Americans and Africa from the era of slavery to the present, mapping several overlapping diasporas. It examines the diversity of African American identities through relationships with region, ethnicity, slavery, and immigration to investigate questions fundamental to the study of African American history and culture but often overlooked.

Nemata Blyden is associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of West Indians in West Africa, 1808-1880: The African Diaspora in Reverse.